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Thursday, September 08, 2005 at 11:15 AM

Fear God and keep His commandments

In one of the comments to my previous post on the word "awesome," it was said:

" Although I am impressed with your insight, I sometimes worry you read too far into things. How much do you fear God?

Be afraid less, he is merciful. Focus less on the "rules" of Christianity and on the time they were written for and try to adapt them reasonably to today."

Allie- I'm sorry to say that I think you are wrong, dead wrong.

Nowhere in Scripture does it ever say that we are to not fear God. It says we are not to fear man, not to fear our circumstances, to trust in God in all things, but it never says we are not to fear God. A quick search on Biblegateway of "fear God" shows us that fearing God is always put in a very positive light.

Abraham is commended for his actions in offering up Isaac.
Genesis 22:12
He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me."
Joseph swears by his fear of God:
Genesis 42:18
On the third day Joseph said to them, "Do this and you will live, for I fear God:
Moses installs judges who fear God:
Exodus 18:21
Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.
God will protect the Psalmist from his oppressors because he fears God and they do not:
Psalm 55:19
God will give ear and humble them,he who is enthroned from of old, Selah because they do not change and do not fear God.
For those who fear God it will go well with them:
Ecclesiastes 8:12
Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him.
What is the whole duty of man?
Ecclesiastes 12:13
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
This verse leads me to a discussion of your second point which was " Focus less on the "rules" of Christianity and on the time they were written for and try to adapt them reasonably to today."

I believe you are wrong here as well. The Ecc. verse sufficiently proves my point, but I'd just like to point out one thing:

Once we say that we can 'adapt' rules "reasonably" to today as something separate from Scripture, we are no longer standing upon Scripture as our rule and authority. Once we stray away from Scripture, our highest authority is ourselves, and then it becomes 'whatever I want to do, I do." If that phrase doesn't sound familiar, it comes from Romans 7, with Paul lamenting his sinful nature. To distance ourselves away from God's commands is to distance ourselves away from God's Word is to distance ourselves from God.

How can you love someone whom you do not listen to? We are all fallen human beings. We all sin, we all fall short. We all are unable to perfectly obey God in all that we do. That is why we desperately need Christ. Once we start excusing ourselves and saying "oh this is ok, that is ok even though God says it isn't" then we have denied our need for Christ, denied our need for salvation, and we have cast off from the only one who can save us.

Allie, I beg of you, seek out God of the Scriptures. See that He is Holy, Awesome, Glorious, Worthy of All Worship. Fear Him, Fear Him deeply, for it is His hand that created us, sustains us, and He could justly withdraw that from us this very instant for the sins we have all committed. We have not given Him the worship He deserves. We have blasmhemed His name to others. We have lived a life that denies Him. We deserve judgment, death, and wrath. We must wait upon His will. He is under no obligation to save us. He is under no obligation to send His Son.

If you find yourself at the brink of despair, realizing that all you've done is but dung in His eyes, then you may know that it is God working in your heart. Cry out to Christ then and acknowledge Him as the only Way, the only Truth, the only Life and beg for mercy. God will hear the prayers of those He has redeemed and answer.
Revelation 14:7
And he said with a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water."

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Blogger cwu said...

hahah i was going to rebuke her too, but then i saw that long post and then i was like...never mind..

great stuff, brotha  


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